West Ham’s pursuit of striker Viktor Gyokeres appears to be falling through, as Fabrizio Romano delivers devastating news, writes the HammerNews. While West Ham’s Premier League counterparts have been making significant signings, the club seems to be stuck, waiting for the funds from the Declan Rice transfer. This delay could prove costly for West Ham in the summer transfer window.
Several teams including Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Brighton, Bournemouth, Brentford, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea have all made multiple notable signings. Surprisingly, West Ham, Everton, Fulham, and Sheffield United are the only Premier League clubs yet to secure a player this summer.
David Moyes has repeatedly expressed his desire to have new players join the club for a complete pre-season. However, West Ham returned to pre-season training today (Thursday) without any new additions. Harvey Barnes was considered one of their primary targets, and West Ham appeared to be leading the race to sign the Leicester star, but their hopes were dashed overnight due to the club’s indecisiveness.
Moreover, it seems West Ham is now on the verge of missing out on their prime striker target, Viktor Gyokeres, as Fabrizio Romano delivers disheartening news. Earlier this week, it was reported that Sporting, who were believed to be West Ham’s main competitors in signing Coventry City’s Gyokeres, were no longer in the race. However, Romano now reveals that Sporting has managed to secure a deal with Coventry and may finalize the signing of Gyokeres today (Thursday).
“Understand Sporting are finally closer to signing Viktor Gyökeres after late night negotiations,” Romano said.
“Coventry asked for €24m (£20m) including add ons in final meeting, Sporting expected to decide soon. Green light could be on Thursday. Gyökeres, really close now.”